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 rossRoss Trachtenberg '99 joined Lambda Chi Alpha in his freshman year and credits the rush process with helping him get to know the active brothers more closely.

"The brothers really impressed me with their consistent values," Ross said. "They seemed to care about a healthy balance between work and fun. It was a really diverse group of good guys that enjoyed each other's company and cared about their school work and doing well on campus. That group had lots of campus leaders in their ranks."

Ross also noted the respect that the brothers showed toward one another.

“They respected each other which was a big thing, even if we weren’t all best friends everyone respected each other,” Ross said. “I met with easily 25 other fraternities during the rush process and found that a lot of other clubs and fraternities were very cliquish and segregated, but I didn’t find that at all with Lambda Chi.”

His “big” Ross Hurwitz ’98 and he formed a close bond during the pledge process and later on Ross went on to become assistant pledge chair and associate pledge master working directly with Hurwitz. He went on to work a lot with the Intra Fraternity Council (IFC), chaired the Greek Week Committee, and during his junior year into his senior year served as rush chair for the chapter. The bond between the two Rosses remained strong and Ross Hurwitz was the Best Man for Ross’ wedding.

Charity and Service

The charitable activities of Lambda Chi stand out in Ross’ memory, including the Can Drive the chapter would support to benefit the Boys and Girls Club surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.

“It never felt like work to support the Can Drive,” Ross said. “You would find a friend who had an SUV and just drive around town picking up the cans. It was fun because you were doing it together. Of course, we supported the Boys and Girls Club throughout the year. We would visit afternoons and play dodge ball with kids of help them with their homework. The brothers looked forward to it.”

Experiences that Shape the Future

While at Lehigh, Ross also worked with the Admissions office providing tours to prospective students, an experience which would later influence his career path.

“My major is accounting and I went into public accounting for a big firm for a couple of years but I found that I missed working with people,” Ross said. “Eventually, I left the firm and work in a High School now where I coach baseball and do tours. I put in a lot of hours but I enjoy my life. I use my degree but on my own terms.”

When asked what advice he would impart to active brothers, Ross said he believes the focus should be on happiness.

“Enjoy college get everything you can. I got a ton of experience by giving tours and recruitment and it’s turning out to help me in some ways more than my degree. Likewise, take all that you can from your experiences with Lambda Chi. It’s a great group of capable guys and you can learn a lot from them.,” Ross said. “Ultimately, it’s more important to be happy than it is to have a job that is considered prestigious. Like me, you may just find that the big firms and big paychecks that go with them may not be what makes you happy.”

Supporting the Future of Lambda Chi

Ross also believes strongly in supporting Lambda Chi, with donations of all kinds.

“Donations can come in a lot of different ways. Monetary donations are obviously needed. Alumni donated when I was a brother so I appreciated how they made things possible for us when I was in school. Now, we donate what we can to provide those same opportunities to a new generation.” Ross said. “However, I think if you can’t contribute money you can always contribute something else. It can be a matter of donating time. Even showing up at a football game and talking to guys that you know can be even more helpful, showing support from brothers that did it five or 50 years before.”

Now that he is more deeply immersed in the world of recruitment, Ross did note the valuable role of monetary donations to help attract the best new brothers.

“The monetary piece keeps the frat alive but it also keeps great brothers coming in. Upgrades to house will help attract new kids coming in and help us compete for the highest caliber of new brothers.”

Ross is currently living in Philadelphia where he works at his old High School Alma Mater, the Friends’ Central School, as assistant director of admissions. For this small private school, he also serves as head coach of varsity baseball.

Reconnect with Ross at RTrachtenberg@friendscentral.org.